We’re going to need a bigger mantlepiece

Thursday night was one to remember for Dearest Scotland as Cat picked up her second journalism award for the project at the 2015 Scottish Student Journalism Awards, hosted by BBC journalist and broadcaster, Jane Lewis.

Supported by the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, the event was sprinkled with Scottish media heavyweights and more than just a few rising stars of the industry. Awarding Cat with her prize for Dearest Scotland in the Multimedia Story of the Year category was former Herald Scotland digital editor, Calum Macdonald, sponsored by the National Union of Journalists Scotland.

Cat Multimedia Award

Cat pictured with the Best Multimedia Story of the Year 2015 for Dearest Scotland. Image courtesy of the SSJA Team

The evening got even better for Cat as she walked off into the Glasgow night with three awards and a special mention including the top prize, Student Journalist of the Year. Thanks to June Ross, owner of event service company, Your Event Scotland, Cat will most definitely be taking advantage of the sponsored top prize; a week’s accommodation in sunny Costa Blanca courtesy of June’s second company, Scardroy Homes.

Cat Awards

Cat pictured with Conor Cartwright, runner up of the Student Journalist of the Year Award, June Ross (middle) from Your Event Scotland and the amazing ladies of the SSJA Team – image courtesy of the SSJA Team

A special thanks goes to the organisers of the evening’s event, a group of five young ladies from Glasgow Clyde College with talent in abundance, each ensuring the occasion was a special one for all in attendance.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners across the nine journalism categories…the future of Scottish journalism certainly looks in good hands for a while yet.



Comments 3

  1. Dorothy Connor

    Well done Cat! Keep up the good work-so proud of you and great to see women making their way in journalism and taking the top prizes. Makes my heart burst with pride. I won a Scotland’s Most Promising Young Journalist Award in the 1970s -the first woman to do so when I was 18. Now I have a Dearest Scotland letter in your lovely book. So proud and happy for you!

    1. Cat Cochrane

      Hi Dorothy, many many thanks for both of your comments…they’re both very much appreciated. You’re right, women in journalism feels like an endangered species sometimes, am delighted to keep the female end up so to speak. Your letter will most definitely be in the printed book. As far as I can see there are no other letters specifically from Rutherglen. Some writer have remained anonymous or haven’t added their location, but as far as I can see there are no others. We looking to have the book launch a little before the exhibition, but it all depends on securing a definite date for the venue. I’d be delighted to keep in touch about this. Can I ask how your journey in journalism went?

      Many thanks again for keeping in touch and supporting us,

      All the best,

      Cat xo

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